The London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, responsible for overseeing Northwick Park Hospital, has released a public message ahead of the imminent joint industrial action by consultants and junior doctors.
The strike is to start tomorrow, Monday, October 2, at 7am and run up until Thursday, October 5, at 7am.
The Trust’s message outlined the impact of the strike, affecting all inpatient and outpatient services at Central Middlesex Hospital, Ealing Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, and St. Mark’s Hospital.
The Trust stated, “All our services will be affected. Strikes will affect all inpatient and outpatient services at Central Middlesex Hospital, Ealing Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, and St. Mark’s Hospital.”
The statement continued, “We are cancelling many appointments and planned procedures. If we need to reschedule your appointment, we will send you a new date as soon as possible.”
Addressing patient concerns, the Trust said, “If you don’t hear from us, please come to your appointment as usual.”
They added, “In an emergency, always call 999. If you’re unsure where to go, call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk for help.”
While maternity services are operating normally during the strike, longer waiting times for inquiries were mentioned, “You will experience longer waits than usual if you’re calling to speak to a relative or friend, or if you’re calling for an update on a relative’s condition. Please bear with us.”
The statement also highlighted the upcoming public transport strike action stating, “Tube workers are planning industrial action from Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 October.
“If the strikes go ahead, there will be severe disruption across the whole Tube network. Visit tfl.gov.uk for transport updates.”